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Tweetage, Kitties, Vote dammit! + Crackdown stuff

So while bored this week, I made a few small changes to my blog (over there ->)

Firstly is my Twitter feed, kinda pointless but whatever, there it is. Next is a poll, first up is a colours poll, but I'll add a new poll every 2 weeks. Lastly is a random slideshow of kitties, because my blog needed some more cuteness.

Random stuff: Today I got my brother a birthday present, Crackdown for 360. Finally I can do some co-op! I have a feeling it will be mad, cars thrown everywhere, jumping off buildings, you know, the usual chaos. Man I can't wait for Crackdown 2... I was a little concerned when I found out it wasn't being developed by Realtime Worlds (Developers of the original Crackdown) but looking at videos for the second one, it looks quite a bit better, and that's saying something because the original was almost perfect for me. I had a few complaints with the first though, and almost all of them seem to have been fixed. Firstly was the lack of variety in the missions, which was probably my biggest complaint. From the videos I've seen, it's no longer just "Kill the bosses", but the missions still look a little basic (eg: turn some valves to open something), which is okay actually, because I don't think complicated missions would suit the Crackdown series. Next biggest was the melee system. Basically there was only 2 options - kick and hit with gun. Now they've introduced combos and melee weapons, which look particularly deadly. Next up, the weapons. You're a super soldier who can lift cars and jump buildings. Most of the weapons in the original were pretty pointless, because with level 4 strength, you'd just be throwing cars and kicking enemies, and maybe firing off a few rockets. The new weapons look brutal, and look like they'll actually get used, if not for their effectiveness then just for the fact that they have cool effects.

Now, the videos:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

That's all for now... I've been slightly busy so sorry for lack of blogs. You can expect another one around the 12th!

Ideas for PSP2

This is another random blog, something I was randomly thinking about and wanted to share.
  • Hard drive - With the introduction of the PSP Go, I think it's safe to say that the next PSP will also have one. Now I don't think that they should remove the UMD drive for the next one, but a PSP with both a UMD drive and internal hard drive would be the best. That way you can have both UMD games, and digital ones. Sure you can have both now, but Memory Sticks big enough to hold a couple of games are expensive! I bought a new 2GB one this year, and already it's full, mostly because of FF VII (which I have yet to finish... oops)
  • NO touch screen - No! Bad Sony! Just because the DS has one, does NOT mean that you have to have one too! Sure, it would work, but I Have my DS for touch screen gaming. No other gimmicks either please, like an accelerometer. Just no.
  • Trophy Support - This is a big one for me, because I just love achievements, and I'm sure I'd love trophies too if I had a PS3. They make you play the game in different ways - I know I would have never beaten Halo 3 on Legendary if there wasn't an achievement in it for me. 
  • Improved battery life - Please! My launch PSP runs for about 4 hours before conking out.
  • Themes in the home menu - It's nice that they let us change the background, but it'd be nicer to have more customisation (colour schemes, etc).
  • Smoother graphics - Right now, there are too many jaggies in almost all PSP games. The level of detail is great, but it isn't being used fully.
  • Don't make it a phone (thanks to Elektrixxx for reminding me about this) - No. Just no. No PSP phone, or I'm not touching it with a 50ft pole. That's like... the worst idea in the history of ideas. Not to mention it's obvious that they are trying to cash in on the success of the iPhone.
 Any more ideas? Those are all I could come up with for now. Look out for more blogs later!

People you are allowed to hate (without ever meeting them in person)

Hey guys,

So this is an idea I came up with today. People you are allowed to hate (without ever meeting them in person) Just a random list, hopefully it'll deliver some minor lols:
  1. Kyle Sandilands
  2. People that say 'lol' out loud
  3. Peter Everett (Ready Steady Cook host, also massive idiot)
  4. Casual gamers
  5. Whoever came up with the word 'rawsome'.
That's all I could think of. Can you come up with some better ones? Let me know in the comments!!!

A random blog

So I know I said I was going to do another one days ago, but I had no idea what to write about. And I still have no idea. So I'm gonna do a random blog! Whatever the hell comes to mind.

So... Oh! I'm watching Seinfeld. Funny stuff. I love Go!. It's a surprisingly good channel, considering it's run by Channel 9, which is basically the king of crap TV right now. The only 2 things I can think of that annoy me are Big Bang Theory and TMZ. I just find BBT incredibly unfunny (I know some of you probably like it, but hey, we have different ideas on what's funny) and TMZ is just plain crap. The rest is good! 90's sitcoms (Just Shoot Me, The Nanny, Seinfeld) old cartoons (Flintstones, Jetsons, original Scooby Doo) and more youth-oriented shows like Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries. I still don't know why I like that... and I still don't know why I like Twilight. I know it's bad, but I still like it!!!

Something else that annoys me about Go! is that this episode of Seinfeld is a repeat. I mean, of course it's a repeat, but they played it earlier today. And I watched it then too. There's a disadvantage to staying at home doing nothing all day... besides the lack of money of course.

I added some links to the blog the other day. Most of them are webcomics that I read religiously. In order of preference:
  1. Questionable Content
  2. Ménage à 3
  3. Ctrl+Alt+Del
  4. Anders Loves Maria
ALM would be higher but it doesn't really have many strips, and Rene, the author and artist, doesn't update as frequently as I would like due to personal reasons. Ma3 I only started reading a few days ago, but I already love it.

Also on that list is Farmville for Facebook. It's so damn addicting. It's crazy really. I've been seriously considering spending a bunch of REAL money to buy in-game currency for it. If I had any real money... The little money I do have is going towards Jessica. Yes, she ranks higher than games and manga! What is this madness?!?

That's all I can think of. Also I'm hungry. Oh! One more thing: doesn't this look brilliant? I'm really considering buying this as a physical print when I get some money.